Aug 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies

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Jorge A. Capetillo-Ponce, PhD, New School for Social Research

  • social theory
  • race and ethnic relations
  • media studies
  • Latino studies

Loan Thi Dao, PhD, UC Berkeley

  • immigrant and refugee youth
  • Vietnamese and Southeast Asian refugee migration and community development
  • community-based participatory research
  • social movements

Donna Haig Friedman, PhD, Brandeis University

  • reshaping poverty policy
  • family homelessness
  • homeless prevention

Jemadari Kamara, PhD, University of Michigan

  • Pan-African social movements and intellectual thought
  • community development and urban planning

Peter Nien-chu Kiang, EdD, Harvard University

  • cultural studies
  • social studies
  • multicultural education

Philip Kretsedemas, PhD, University of Minnesota

  • immigration
  • critical race theory
  • globalization and social change
  • social welfare policy
  • contemporary theory

Jeffrey Melnick, PhD, Harvard University 

  • global circulation of U.S. culture
  • the culture industries
  • Black-Jewish relations
  • immigration and migration culture studies

Marisol Negrón, PhD, Stanford University

  • Latino literary and cultural studies
  • Puerto Rican cultural studies
  • culture and commodification
  • popular music
  • copyright culture
  • diasporic identity formation
  • language and linguistics

Rosalyn Negrón, PhD, University of Florida

  • urban anthropology
  • ethnicity and social interaction
  • health disparities
  • U.S. Latinos
  • diversity
  • social network analysis
  • research methods

Aminah Pilgrim, PhD, Rutgers University

  • African-American history
  • African-American women’s history
  • African Diaspora
  • Cape Verdean studies
  • Hip Hop studies

Carlos Eduardo Gomes Siqueira, ScD, University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • community health
  • global public health
  • immigrant health and safety
  • Brazilian immigration to the U.S.

Ester Shapiro, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • culture, family and positive development in clinical psychology
  • transnational/U.S. Latina women’s health and equity social movements

Rajini Srikanth, PhD, SUNY Buffalo

  • human rights and literature
  • American Literature (including Asian American literature, Native American literature, and literature of the American South)
  • interdisciplinary approaches to literature
  • literature in the context of comparative race and ethnicities
  • pedagogy of literature
  • literatures of the Middle East

Karen L. Suyemoto, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • clinical psychology
  • Asian American studies
  • psychology of experiencing and resisting racism
  • developing as allies and advocates for social justice
  • racialized identity and racism in Asian Americans and multiracial people
  • qualitative methods in social science

Shirley S. Tang, PhD, SUNY Buffalo

  • war, race, migration and development
  • Southeast Asian American community studies
  • local/global and comparative gender and ethnic studies
  • Chinese/Asian diasporic popular culture
  • storytelling through media/cultural production

Lynnell Thomas, PhD, Emory University

  • African American studies
  • Southern studies
  • New Orleans history and culture, tourism, racialization in the post-civil rights era

Miren Uriarte, PhD, Boston University

  • Latino studies
  • applied sociology
  • race and ethnic relations
  • social and educational policy and their disparate impact across racial groups
  • human service organizations

Raul E. Ybarra, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • language, literature, and rhetoric
  • professional writing in public
  • community service

Program Description

The Master of Science in Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies (TCCS) responds to the dramatic changes in the nature of population movements across the world and their profound impact on the experience and meaning of culture, community, identity, citizenship and other relations between individuals and societies in both the sending and receiving nation-states. The TCCS program directs itself to preparing high-level professionals and scholars with a deep understanding of the historical and contemporary processes of migration/immigration and other population movements and their effects on the migrant as well as both their sending and receiving societies. The program addresses the particular experiences of both historical and new racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. including Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos/as, Asian Americans and new immigrant groups from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East (also known as West Asia), thus inviting comparative perspectives.

A Transdisciplinary Perspective

Our students seek to work with these populations in the U.S. or abroad in roles as researchers, service providers, community planners, policy analysts and advocates, or staff in organizations and agencies, be it community-based, governmental, or non-governmental. The complexity of the questions posed by immigration, racial and ethnic disparities, uneven power relations, and the need to interact proactively and effectively with individuals, communities and societies affected by these phenomena call for analyses that often go beyond the scope of individual disciplines.

The TCCS program approaches these questions from a transdisciplinary perspective providing a coherent approach that incorporates critical/comparative views on inequality, and partners with community members to create knowledge and take action.

Program Goals

The program will impact the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the process of migration, entry and adaptation of contemporary transnational immigrant groups necessary for:
  • planning and development of culturally competent services for these groups;
  • appropriate advocacy for policies and political rights for these groups;
  • involvement in sustainable, responsible growth and development of local programs, transnational projects, and private enterprises; and
  • supporting the empowerment of these groups to act on their own behalf.
  • Understanding of how identity, culture, and representation contribute to the transnational adaptation of individuals and groups and to the development of vibrant transnational communities.
  • Understanding of the processes of community formation and development necessary to act in support of the development of healthy immigrant communities. Specifically, students at the master’s level will learn to conduct community assessments using a transdisciplinary methodological approach.
  • Expert grasp of the processes and methods necessary for working across disciplinary and cultural boundaries to engage effectively in teams working on community-engaged projects.
  • Specific skills in areas such as program evaluation, survey research, human services, dispute resolution, and other areas offering certificates and/or concentrations.

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